Elwood Sailing Club has a proud 99-year history of recreational and competitive sailing for monohulls and catamarans with easy access from Melbourne suburbs, favorable sailing through the season and fresh summer breezes for Windsurfing. As a stalwart of the Elwood foreshore community, the club’s purpose is to continually improve the skills of our members and the community to enjoy water-based recreation safely and enjoyably, while respecting the enjoyment of others.

A significant component of our skills development program is our “Pace Yourself” program, which we offer to novice sailors and new club members at no additional fee across many of our organised “Off the beach” racing days.  This encourages people of all ages who may have no sailing experience to join and learn the basics of sailing a dinghy.  This program is run entirely with volunteer’s time and makes use of the club’s fleet of dedicated training dinghies and safety equipment, as well as support boats for safety and coaching.

Training fleets suffer accelerated rates of wear and tear on sails, foils, rigging and vests as our learners come to grips with what works and importantly, what doesn’t.  The generous support of Bendigo Bank over the years has been critical to our ability to make this program available to so many and so affordably.  A big THANK YOU to Bendigo Bank! from the club, from those who have benefited from the program, and especially from those who graduate “Pace Yourself” to a lifelong love of sailing.